# Where's the king?

FabianFnas
Posers and Puzzles 31 May '10 05:11
1. 31 May '10 05:11
A perfectly correct game led up to this position when the white king was swept off the board.

Where should the white king be placed?
2. forkedknight
Defend the Universe
31 May '10 05:36
B2: Black moved last from b3-d5
3. wolfgang59
31 May '10 10:31
Originally posted by FabianFnas
A perfectly correct game led up to this position when the white king was swept off the board.

[fen]8/8/8/1r1b4/B7/8/8/3k4[/fen]
Where should the white king be placed?
This looks flawed. Black is in check so either white moved last OR white king is blocking the bishop. The white king cannot be on b3 or c2 since that would be check.
Therefore white moved last. White has therefore moved his king from either b3 or c2.
It would have been illegal for the white king to have been on c2.
Therefore white has just moved his king from b3. (To a3 or c3)
But how on earth did black deliver double check? What was blacks last move?
What am I missing?
GOT IT
EP capture! the white king is on c3 having just taken pawn
4. 31 May '10 12:15
Nice one. I'd followed exactly the same reasoning, but had missed the last step.
5. 31 May '10 12:24
6. 31 May '10 12:38
The white king was on b3, then moved to c3.
And the double check was caused by en passant.
The black pawn was on...b4, i think?
The white pawn was on c4
b4xc3 e.p.
then Kxc3.

The order is
1.c2-c4 b4xc3 e.p.
2.Kxc3 the king gets knocked off
7. forkedknight
Defend the Universe
31 May '10 16:30
Originally posted by wolfgang59
This looks flawed. Black is in check so either white moved last OR white king is blocking the bishop. The white king cannot be on b3 or c2 since that would be check.
Therefore white moved last. White has therefore moved his king from either b3 or c2.
It would have been illegal for the white king to have been on c2.
Therefore white has just moved his ki ...[text shortened]... I missing?
GOT IT
[hidden] EP capture! the white king is on c3 having just taken pawn[/hidden]
Duh, of course black can't check itself.

Very clever though, EP will getcha every time.
8. SwissGambit
Caninus Interruptus
04 Jun '10 23:33
Originally posted by FabianFnas
A perfectly correct game led up to this position when the white king was swept off the board.

[fen]8/8/8/1r1b4/B7/8/8/3k4[/fen]
Where should the white king be placed?
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